A mansion that’s up for sale in Bolton is hiding one of the country’s most impressive back gardens.
The home in Lostock, listed at £1,795,000, is up there with the most expensive currently on the market in the borough.
And it’s easy to see why.
Its villa-like structure has five huge bedrooms and three bathrooms, not to mention four reception rooms, a snooker room and bar, an orangery, and a double garage.
But the sprawling property’s most impressive feature lies outside, in its manicured gardens.
The Bolton mansion comes with its own stream – essentially a moat – as well as a waterfall, rockeries, and a fishpond so massive you could almost claim to have your own private lake.
Fine & Country, the estate agency marketing the home, say: “The beautiful villa-like structure stands magnificently within its own super secluded green haven, where a lush woodland canopy and private lakeside setting cannot help but create a real sense of peace and tranquillity – the sort of blissful ambience experienced on luxurious holiday escapes – undisturbed in a world of its own manicured grounds, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.”
There are neat lawns, fancy topiary, and even a charming stone footbridge and a wooden one crossing the water.
Its interiors are pretty lavish too, dripping in marble, polished wood, and chandeliers.
A massive sweeping staircase greets people on arrival in an entrance hall that leads on to the many, many rooms.
While the building was constructed in 2000, it’s since been renovated throughout.
The listing continues: “Where to begin with an extraordinary property like this? It is without a doubt one of Bolton’s most prestigious residences, boasts perhaps one of the most delightful residential settings you could ever find, and is finished to a level where ‘no expense spared’ is an understatement.”
Of the location, Fine & Country say: “This property is nestled within an exclusive hamlet of imposing homes stood proud behind private gates within the leafy green area of Lostock – arguably one of the most prestigious and desirable suburban settings in Bolton.
“Willowbank is sat in its own world of extraordinary grounds, so private that nobody would even know it exists! Despite this wonderfully secluded setting, everything you would ever want or need is on your doorstep.”
New horror series set and filmed in Bolton is even ‘creepier than Black Mirror’
The BBC has just dropped a new horror series that was filmed and is set around Bolton.
Red Rose has already been receiving rave reviews, with The Guardian comparing it to a ‘creepier Black Mirror‘.
The series has been created by Bolton-born twins Michael and Paul Clarkson, who also worked on The Haunting of Bly Manor and See.
The eight-part programme explores the relationship between teenagers and their online lives, with a mysterious smartphone app slowly unravelling their lives – and it’s chilling enough that it will make you want to lob your phone out the window.
The BBC synopsis says: “School is about to finish for the last time. For many teenagers, this signals the beginning of the next stage of their lives.
“For a group of working-class friends in Bolton, there is no next stage. The summer stretches out in front of them with an infinite sense of possibilities, but when one of the gang downloads the mysterious Red Rose app, plans change.
“What starts innocently as a game of admiration rapidly descends into something much darker.”
Despite the terrifying storyline, Paul Clarkson said they’d created the series as a ‘love letter to Bolton’.
Scenes were filmed around the borough, including on Bridge Street, Churchgate, Le Mans Crescent, and at a quarry near Scouts Road.
The cast of Red Rose includes a number of young rising stars, such as Amelia Clarkson, Isis Hainsworth, Ali Khan, Ellis Howard, and Ashna Rabheru.
Episodes will air on BBC Three on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
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Man charged after van driven towards crowd of people in Bolton
A man has been charged after a van was driven into a crowd of people in a town centre in Bolton over the weekend.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has confirmed that a man has been charged with dangerous and drink driving after an incident occurred on Market Street in Westhoughton – which is the borough town’s commercial high street – at around 1:30am on Saturday, and prompted a large emergency services response to rush to the scene shortly after.
The road was closed and a cordon was put in place shortly afterwards, with police confirmed to be making enquiries throughout Saturday morning.
Nobody was injured during the incident, and GMP believes it to have been “domestic related”.
27-year-old Riesse Hamilton, of Elmbridge Walk in Bolton, was arrested at the scene, and he has since been charged with one count of dangerous driving and one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
He also been charged with three counts of attempted Section 18 assault following the incident.
Speaking on the incident, a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police explained: “The charges are in relation to an incident which occurred on Saturday morning (6 August 2022), just after 1.30am, when police received a report of a male driving a van into a group of people on Market Street, Westhoughton.